Outerspace

Outerspace

The shape and look of a bottle can really define a brand in the modern age, but does the liquid ever hold up to balance out the product? We’ve had Crystal Head within a skull, Mamont shaped like a tusk and 666 portrayed within a Devil likened bottle, but how about an alien head?

Outerspace hails from, well, Outerspace. Via the USA. But mock it all you wish, once you dive in a little, it all makes a bit of sense.

Launched in September 2015 in the USA (hitting 20+ States), Outerspace vodka is a mid-west American grain based spirit (Iowa corn to be exact) that is distilled 5 times, then uniquely filtered through meteorites that are more than 4 billion years old. But what does this give to us? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Outerspace – 40%

Light, thin earth notes upon the nose, with hints of mineral rock. A thicker feel on the palate though, with a slight sharpness to begin that slowly develops into a linger of a vegetal finish.

Not a bad vodka at all, and offers a different slant with the use of the Iowa corn. The flavour does make you think of the meteorites, and of course the look of the bottle does stand out to others. A one-trick pony? Honestly i don’t think so. One to impress and intrigue your friends with, especially when the brand suggests that it’s “best enjoyed by earthlings when released from a cryogenic freezer.”

Expect it to hit the UK this year.

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Manchester Whisky Club Review – February

MCR Whisky Club

The end of last month saw me miss out on attending the latest Manchester Whisky Club meeting, but not one to miss out too much, the drams were picked up a few days back and enjoyed at my own leisure. This months theme had a look at Speyside, but specifically 5 bottles that all came in at under £50. So, lets see what club founder Andy had managed to acquire –

Glen Elgin 18yr – 46%

Matured for the full 18 years in 2 refill hogshead casks before being bottled in November 2013 by independent bottlers Signatory.
Peach and honey aromas on the nose, with tropical pineapple and hints of vanilla coming through. Sharp on the palate, although light and with splashes of wood blended with sweet finishes. Very long.

Glenlivet 16yr – 46%

Matured for 16 years in a 1st fill Sherry Butt before being bottled in November 2013 by Signatory.
Light aromas of warm leather, toffee and vanilla on the nose. Slight sharpness on the palate, with a pepper spice entering slowly. Hints of sherry and banana on the long finish.

Miltonduff – Glenlivet 19yr – 46%

Bottled in 2013 by independent bottlers Cadenheads.
Fresh red apples and plums on the nose, with rich, sweet tones of pastry. Sweet on the palate, with a bold hit of spice that develops. Lots of hard fruits, with dark toffee and vanilla flavours dominating. Lingering finish.

Glenfarclas 105 10yr – 60%

Plenty of light sherry notes on the nose, with faint pine nuts following. Rich sherry on the palate, with a high kick of coffee and nuts. Very warming, although results in a short finish.

Aberlour a’Bunadh Batch 47 – 60.7%

Well balanced sherry and orange aromas on the nose. Light, with a developing warmth and spice on the palate. Plenty of sherry, with hints of ginger sliding in on the lingering finish.

Not a bad selection, with the Glen Elgin probably my most preferred. It’s always great to experience some lesser know expressions, especially from independent bottling companies like Signatory and Cadenheads, and it really shows the difference sometimes from the main range you are more likely to see in your local bar. Cracking stuff.

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